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On her final week of NCS, Bryony rolls up her sleeves for 30 hours of social action and finds out what it's like to give a little bit back to her community

When planning my social action throughout the third week of NCS, I had lots of different ideas. 

In the end, after putting in loads of calling to various places, I chose to spend my 30 hours of social action volunteering at two places - a holiday club for young children in Sedbergh and Kendal Care home. 

The annual holiday club is for children aged between 4 and 11 years old. Having attended the club when I was little, I thought it would be a great place to volunteer at. 

Throughout the weekday mornings from 10-12 we sang songs, told stories, made crafts and played games. The children really enjoyed it, as did I!

At Kendal Care Home, I worked with one of the activity staff organising games for the elderly residents. 

Each day had a different afternoon activity, some days we played dominoes or ball games and other days they sang hymns, which they particularly enjoyed! I also baked some cakes for them which they had on my last day of volunteering.

The thing I enjoyed most about my time at the holiday club was talking to the young children. I was with a group of 5 and 6 year-olds and it was great to see them so enthusiastic whilst singing and drawing colourful creative pictures.

In the care home I enjoyed helping the elderly by keeping them entertained. Sometimes it was quite challenging talking to people who had Dementia but thanks to the Dementia talk we'd had on week 3 of NCS, I felt a bit more prepared for how to deal with the situation.

I feel quite relieved that I've managed to complete my 30 hours of social action because I was really worried I wouldn't be able to do it!

I'd definitely like to go and help out at the holiday club again next year, or the care home if I'm ever needed.

I'm now looking forward to enjoying the rest of my summer before going back to school to begin my A Levels.

Bye for now

Bryony 😊

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